henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Clear dark brown body with a beautiful red shine, small beige head; Very pleasant chocolate malty very well made nose, fruity milky coffee, ripe red berries; Very apparent yet very balanced body, bitter and slightly sweet; Very long finish with lots of aroma, bitter and slightly sweet hop aromas, and a slight milk chocolate touch. Very good.
yespr (28756) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pt 9 fl oz bottle thanks to brewfiend! Pours black with a little brown head. Roasted malt aroma, slight chocolate, dried fruit and whiff of liqourice. Light to medium body. Dried fruity flavour with an underlying and persisting malt flavour. Finish is malt dry, not much bitterness just a lasting malt flavour. Nice with a not too heavy stout which has itís benefits.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a touch dusty with light detergent notes, cocoa and smoky black strap molasses. I get mild stewed raisin notes as well. The body is black with rub brown highlights and it holds a thumb thick, diminishing tan head. Sweet, creamy coffee and chocolate in the fore. Muted roastiness, but amped up dark fruit notes, highlighted by plum and raisin, give it a bit of a bulky schwarzbier and tropical stout feel. Thin bodied, but on the whole this is hitting me where I live flavor wise. I could see many people finding it too sweet, but the alcohol cuts that enough for me to enjoy it on the whole.
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer night with Dedollewatior. This beer does not have the making of a Stout more like an Old Ale,
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, thin tan head. nose is caramel, cola, nut, some alcohol, cocoa. Flavor is caramel & toffee, strongly bitter w. some fruit
Dedollewaitor (13028) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Cab!: Pitch black with brown bubbly head. Slight roasted malts - caramel & coffee. Smooth. Light sweet with some alcohol notes & burn. Very drinkable!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Silky very dark brown color with a diminishing light tan head. Hints of roasted malt through light sweet malt and a somewhat smokey front court. Does not have the mild lactic scent or heavy sweetness that I would sometimes expect from this style. Some dark fruit comes through as it warms. First thought after the quaff is this is smooth and drinkable. LIght pale malt followed by some dark stewed fruit. Rather simple. A touch of licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is rather dry and the linger is also, but there is a little acidity and dark malt wandering about. Immensely drinkable for the strength, but Iím still not sure that that makes it any better.
BeerandBlues2 (8576) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours black with a spare fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (flowers), average yeast (leather) with notes of light alcohol. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up @ Johnís a couple days ago. 500mL, no date. Deep brown ruby with a 1/2 finger beige head, low retention. Roasted malts and roasted grain are the first aromas. Sweet caramel, raisins and semisweet chocolate are also present. Flavor has some vinous characteristics with some raisins and a tinge of alcohol. Wouldnít have believed it if someone told me this was 8%. Considering this was fairly sweet, I didnít expect the dry finish, which was roasty with a little ash. Low carbonation with a body that is a lot thinner than I expected. However, I think this is a pretty decent Ridgeway beer, for a change.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (June 2007, consumed a bit above fridge temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Just a hint of light creeps through the inky black body which is topped by a largish, quite stable fine-bubbled light tan cap that slides smoothly down the glass, leaving just a touch of residue....ebullient aroma of both fresh grapes and port, a bit of raisin, faint pipe tobacco, and chocolaty, lightly roasty malts....the body is quite sweet, raisin-toffee-chocolate, a fair bit of grapy-vinous character particularly towards the finish, moderate (just right) alcohol warming, and a bit of smokiness that helps keep the sweetness in check....the body is just a wee bit thin which with the low carbonation makes it seem a little watery and too-dry, otherwise this is excellent.